Research course

Public Policy

De Montfort University · Leicester Business School

Entry requirements

MPhil - Applicants normally have at least an upper second class honours degree from a British university. PhD - In addition to the above, PHD applicants normally have a UK masters degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, awarded within the last 5 years prior to application, including a component dealing with research methods. For both qualifications an equivalent academic or professional qualification, including international qualifications, may be acceptable. If English is not your first language you will be required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent) prior to entry onto the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Researchers in the Department of Public Policy produce work that is nationally and internationally recognised for its quality. The Department regularly wins grants from leading research funders, including the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Government departments and European bodies. As well as significant research monographs, staff also publish regularly in the main UK and international journals, including Political Studies, Public Administration and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. The Department has strong research links with other leading universities in the UK, Europe and the United States, ensuring that research stays at the cutting edge of its discipline.

Department specialisms

Comparative Housing Research; Health Policy Research; Local Governance Research; Perception of Risk.

Information for international students

Our Centre for English Language Learning offers free pre-sessional English language courses for international students and ongoing support throughout your studies. We are one of 44 HE institutions in the UK accredited by the British Council. In the ISB, our English language support also received high rankings by international students.

Fees and funding

De Montfort University do not currently have scholarships available, but we are happy to consider self funded applicants for a research degree.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 - 24 months
part time
24 - 48 months


part time
36 - 72 months
full time
24 - 36 months

Course contact details

Paula Brennan
0116 250 6332